Gateway To The Arctic building (Assiniboine Park) in Winnipeg Manitoba

Gateway To The Arctic (in Assiniboine Park)

The Gateway To The Arctic is a unique event venue nestled in the Assiniboine Park Zoo's Journey To Churchill exhibit. It is home to Winnipeg's famous polar bears, which often make appearances at your event! The Aurora Borealis theatre is a round room in the Gateway To The Arctic building, and is where the seated meal and disc jockey would be set up. This venue can seat 90 guests (or 250 guests for a standing reception). There is a glass wall to view polar bears, the Sea Ice Passage which is a glass tunnel where you can watch the polar bears swim, and there is also a seal viewing area where the adorable little seals will swim right up to the glass to say hello.  This unique venue also shares Assiniboine Park with the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden and English Gardens - making it a great reception venue after your wedding ceremony in the Park (don't forget we can supply microphones or music for your wedding ceremony!) The Aurora Borealis Theatre also lends itself well to additional lighting such as uplights, our Starry Sky lights, our Monogram In Lights ("gobo"), and dance floor lighting! Be sure to check out the photos below.

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DJ set up in the Foyer
DJ set up in the Foyer

Gateway To The Arctic's foyer often in used for wedding ceremonies, cocktail hour, or dancing. Assiniboine Park

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Wedding Reception
Wedding Reception

For this wedding reception, Serino Sound was set up in the foyer of the Assiniboine Park Gateway to the Arctic venue.

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Gateway To The Arctic foyer
Gateway To The Arctic foyer

Polar Bear viewing area as the backdrop for a wedding ceremony. Gateway To The Arctic in Assiniboine Park.

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Set up for a wedding ceremony
Set up for a wedding ceremony

Polar Bear viewing area as the backdrop for a wedding ceremony. Gateway To The Arctic's foyer in Assiniboine Park.

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Foyer and bar area
Foyer and bar area

Gateway To The Arctic's foyer looking towards the bar area and the entrance to the Aurora Borealis Theatre (where the DJ is set up)

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Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Ceremony

Wedding ceremony at the Gateway To The Arctic in Assiniboine Park.

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Foyer & Late Night Snack Table
Foyer & Late Night Snack Table

Lighting added to the fun dancing atmosphere for this wedding couple. It also highlighted the late night snack table. Gateway To The Arctic, Assiniboine Park

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Dancing
Dancing

Wedding receptions often hold the dance portion of the evening in the foyer. The late night snack is also in front of the green uplights on the right. Gateway to the Arctic, Assiniboine Park

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Gold decor lighting
Gold decor lighting

The gold wall washes highlighted the Bride & Groom's giveaways (maple syrup) at this fall wedding. Gateway To The Arctic, Assiniboine Park

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Royal blue uplights
Royal blue uplights

Uplighting for a 50th Anniversary Reception. Gateway To The Arctic, Assiniboine Park

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Green uplights for a fall wedding
Green uplights for a fall wedding

Wedding Reception. Gateway To The Arctic, Assiniboine Park

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Wedding Reception
Wedding Reception

All white table linens for this wedding at Assiniboine Park's Gateway to the Arctic.

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Uplighting
Uplighting

Here, the wedding couple chose green uplighting to work with their decor and the Aurora Borealis (stars) effect in the theatre. Gateway To The Arctic, Assiniboine Park

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Panoramic view of Aurora Borealis
Panoramic view of Aurora Borealis

Aurora Borealis Theatre with green uplighting to match the bride's table linens. The room is round, but this is a panaramic photo. Gateway To The Arctic in Assiniboine Park.

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DJ Vito set up in the foyer
DJ Vito set up in the foyer

Ready for dancing at this lovely wedding venue! Gateway To The Arctic, Assiniboine Park

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Cocktails in the gallery
Cocktails in the gallery

Gallery area where guests can mingle for cocktails. Gateway To The Arctic in Assiniboine Park.

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Foyer & mingling area
Foyer & mingling area

Gallery area just outside the round Aurora Borealis Theatre where guests can mingle for cocktails. The Sea Ice Passage (polar bear tunnel) is to the right down a few stairs. Gateway To The Arctic in Assiniboine Park.

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Underwater seal viewing area
Underwater seal viewing area

Seal viewing area - seals come right up to the glass! Guests love this! Gateway To The Arctic in Assiniboine Park.

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Polar Bear waving hello
Polar Bear waving hello

As an event guest you'll be treated to adorable photos like this one at Assiniboine Park's Gateway to the Arctic

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Polar bears swimming above guests
Polar bears swimming above guests

These bears provided much entertainment and great photos for guests! You won't find this at a downtown hotel venue. Gateway To The Arctic in Assiniboine Park.

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Polar bear in the Sea Ice Passage
Polar bear in the Sea Ice Passage

Yes, this polar bear was actually walking on the glass tunnel above our head. Dancing almost! Great photo op for your guests! Gateway To The Arctic in Assiniboine Park.

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Washrooms and walkways
Washrooms and walkways

The foyer outside the seal viewing area and Sea Ice Passage (polar bear tunnel) where guests can mingle. Washrooms are to the left of here. Gateway To The Arctic in Assiniboine Park.

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Seal viewing area foyer & walkway
Seal viewing area foyer & walkway

Walkway / Sea Ice Passage tunnel leading back to the Aurora Borealis Theatre. Seals are on the right. Washrooms are to the left. Gateway To The Arctic in Assiniboine Park.

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Walkway area
Walkway area

Walkway leading tot he washrooms (on the right) or the seals & polar bears (on the left). Gateway To The Arctic in Assiniboine Park.

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Wedding Reception
Wedding Reception

Aurora Borealis Theatre with royal blue uplighting to match the bride's dinner napkins (sorry the colors don't translate in this photo!). The room is round, but this is a panaramic photo. Room's main entrance is to the right. Gateway To The Arctic in Assiniboine Park.

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